On paper, it sure looked good for Democrats in the Texas primaries yesterday. Their early voting numbers absolutely trounced Republican turnout, leading all kinds of gleeful expectations in the media about a coming blue wave in the Lone Star state—one that would sweep across the country, powered by voters who couldn’t stand Donald Trump and wanted to punish the GOP for inflicting him on the country. Not since Jon Ossoff ran in GA-6 had so much hope been pinned on an election, with so many prognosticators rubbing their hands together and saying, “Ted Cruz better watch out! This Beto O’Rourke guy is gonna come knocking on his door come November!”
But, like with Ossoff, it didn’t quite turn out the way they expected:
Turns out that Republican voters were pretty motivated after all. It’s just that unlike Democrats, they actually show up on Election Day. By my count, Ted Cruz got over twice the number of votes that O’Rourke did in his primary. More than that, Cruz got almost one and a half times the number of votes as all of the Democrat candidates combined. If that’s the media’s idea of a wave, I sure wouldn’t want to try and surf on it.
Cruz, meanwhile, wasted no time in releasing a radio ad that took O’Rourke to task for adopting the name “Beto,” even though his given name is Robert and his heritage is Irish, and called out how the wannabe Senator’s gun-grabbing ways won’t play well in the Texas general election:
It’s not quite on the same hilarious level as “It Feels Good to be a Clinton,” but it’s still pretty damn clever—and every bit as devastating. Beneath all the humor and toe-tapping twang, however, the ad also makes clear that Texans know the genuine article when they see it. That’s why they turned out in droves to vote for Ted Cruz.
And that’s why they’ll keep Texas red.